A few stealthy spies managed to capture the Mercedes-Benz GLA prototype on video while undergoing some testing.
It will be an entry-level crossover from Mercedes, that will be based on the MLA platform that also underpins the Mercedes A-Class and B-Class models. The engine lineup will more than likely be very similar to both the A- and B-Class and will be topped by an AMG version with a four-cylinder, 2.0-literturbocharged engine delivering approximately 335 HP (246 kW), though unconfirmed.
The new GLA will go head to head with the BMW X1, thanks to the GLA’s sporty appearance that is heavily influenced by the A-Class. Based on the photos we’ve seen, we’re going to see sweptback headlights, roof rails, tailgate-mounted spoiler, a prominent front grille and an higher ride height.
The new Mercedes-Benz GLA is scheduled to come out next year in Europe, followed by a 2014 launch in the U.S.